Review by Andy Martin for Fruiti by Alan Warner

Review by Andy Martin for Fruiti by Alan Warner
Review by Andy Martin for Fruiti by Alan Warner
5 out of 5

Classic Clever Warner!

So Alan has two new releases for 2013 and they are both beauties. This one is a mental item with some lovely colored plaques of fruit.

The spectator can choose any of five pieces of fruit, with no force and each time the magician reveals that he had predicted in advance their choice. Yes this is a multiple-out effect, but unlike other similar effects this offers a free choice of five items, not three or four, and the revelations are much less convoluted than some I’ve seen in the past.

When I first opened this I thought great colorful props, but nothing too surprising here. Then I read on and I thought ah very clever! You really can give them the choice of any of the five fruits with no counting from left or right ruses. I think you will be very happy with this well priced mental effect .

This reminds me Alan Warner has many amazing effects available directly from him and most of his prices are still great value for great magic and craftsmanship you are getting. So check out some of his older items too on his first site here.

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Review by Andy Martin for Thru-N-Thru (Teak) by Alan Warner

Review by Andy Martin for Thru-N-Thru (Teak) by Alan Warner
Review by Andy Martin for Thru-N-Thru (Teak) by Alan Warner
5 out of 5

Perfection!

I’ve seen many versions of the Ed Massey effect Ribbon Fantastique and liked many of them because it is such a clean effect. However, this new version by my good friend Alan Warner is easily my favorite. It looks better than his early painted version, which was also a beauty, and thanks to the clever use of two plaques instead of one the effect is really quite remarkable.

It works basically the same way as the original, but now the spectator can choose either of the plaques and that is the only one that penetrates the shoelace and frame. Also because this unit is much smaller than the traditional versions it is easy to carry around and perform close-up.

If you don’t know how this works you will be very pleased as the method is simple and diabolical and a fooler for sure. It is instantly reset and there is nothing added or taken away.

I really love this new release by the Master of Mini-Magic: Alan Warner! If I have one complaint it would be: it is too cheap!

Highly Recommended for performers and collectors everywhere!

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Review by Rick Morein for Kovari Ultimate Chinese Sticks by Kovari Magic, Jay Leslie

Review by Rick Morein for Kovari Ultimate Chinese Sticks by Kovari Magic, Jay Leslie
Review by Rick Morein for Kovari Ultimate Chinese Sticks by Kovari Magic, Jay Leslie
5 out of 5

Upper Echelon Chinese Sticks

These are essentially a handmade set of sticks of the highest quality with a silky smooth, fail-safe design than insure that they will work for years.

Jay Leslie builds these one set at a time by hand and adjusts and fine-tunes every set he makes.

Unlike any other set of Chinese Sticks out there, this set is designed with a very unique ‘socko finish", where the strings suddenly become 5-7 feet long (depending on when yours were made).

I say these are upper echelon sticks because they rank right up there with the Okito-Nielsen Sticks and the Gen Grant Sticks as being the best of the best.

If you can find one……buy it…….

They may no longer be made any more….


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Review by Amazing Corbin for Rings of Truth by Chance Wolf

Review by Amazing Corbin for Rings of Truth by Chance Wolf
Review by Amazing Corbin for Rings of Truth by Chance Wolf
4 out of 5

Wonderful Wolf Magic

This is a wonderful and well made prop. It looks incredible and is high quality.. I’ve enjoyed performing this effect at home for friends. The way it works is very nice, mechanical. There are a few downfalls however. (without giving anything away) A- if no ring is removed it is the same as if the center ring has been removed, so you have to ensure the spectator removes a coin. B – Difficult to perform in a darkened environment or if you have bad eyesight. C- the small box needs to be on a flat surface of some kind when the ring is removed. The ring can not be removed from the box while it is in the spectators hand.

Other than that, this is a wonderful piece of magic and I still recommend it. I’ve brought it with me when table hopping at a restaurant and it’s worked very well. The rings that come with the effect were beautiful. I did replace them with cheaper ones when taking this table hopping however. It also works with bits of paper notes or currency bills.

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Review by Amazing Corbin for Antique Haunted Timber (Telekinetic Timber) by Dave Powell

Review by Amazing Corbin for Antique Haunted Timber (Telekinetic Timber) by Dave Powell
Review by Amazing Corbin for Antique Haunted Timber (Telekinetic Timber) by Dave Powell
2 out of 5

Slow to move, Was that the wind?

I was very disappointed in this product, and would not recommend it at all.

First off, I should say this looks great. It does look like an old timber, the aging and distressing is perfect. However that’s about it, a great looking piece of wood.

There are two "phases" to it’s movement one has you balance it on a bottle or other object and the second phase has you lean it up against an object at least as tall as it is long. The first major problem is it takes forever to move/topple. Definitely not a tv trick, this is something you have to set up, then tell a long story before it moves. Trying not to give the method away, the temperature affects it as well. if it’s a cold room you could be waiting a lot longer. when it eventually toppled over It left my audiences thinking it was the wind or something knocked the table. When you balance it on top of something you have to balance it very carefully, even with practice it looks like you are just setting it up to fall over when the wind blows. Very unimpressive to the audience.

I used this in close up performances and library shows perhaps 20 times over the winter season 2013. The timber never got a good reaction and was a poor effect in my show. It would be way better if you could determine when it would fall over. Most of the time after my rehearsed story was over I had to add lib until the dang thing toppled. A few times it fell over before my story was done and once the wind actually did knock it over!

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Review by Amazing Corbin for Free Will by Deddy Corbuzier

Review by Amazing Corbin for Free Will by Deddy Corbuzier
Review by Amazing Corbin for Free Will by Deddy Corbuzier
4 out of 5

Good trick, can be used for many presentations

A very good trick with three wooden disks and a small burlap like bag. I really liked the design on the coins and the bag. It opened the effect up to many different kinds of presentations. A pirate theme, a Victorian theme, etc. The bag is not integral to the effect, so you can use a nicer bag, or box or something else that matches your presentation.

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Review by Amazing Corbin for Gin and Tonic by Colin Rose, Wayne Dobson

Review by Amazing Corbin for Gin and Tonic by Colin Rose, Wayne Dobson
Review by Amazing Corbin for Gin and Tonic by Colin Rose, Wayne Dobson
4 out of 5

Great formal bar effect

I have had this effect for a few years and I’ve found it’s one of my favorites. The wooden cup is well made, and looks and feels nice. The cards are okay. basically bicycle cards with stickers put on them. The spectator picks a card (force, and you can use any force you want really) and the cup is lifted and set aside to reveal a bottle of gin sitting under it. Then without going to your pocket for a load (ala cups and balls) you immediately lift the cup again to reveal a can of tonic. The method is nice and the bottle is full of gin, the can heavy/weighted and firm. Nothing flimsy. You could end with a pocket load and I’ve often shoved a lime in the cup when the tonic water was revealed. I recommend it for an older audience as no one under 40 I know even knows what gin and tonic is.

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Review by Amazing Corbin for Hemingway Lock by Collectors' Workshop

Review by Amazing Corbin for Hemingway Lock by Collectors' Workshop
Review by Amazing Corbin for Hemingway Lock by Collectors' Workshop
5 out of 5

Great padlock. Quality and amazing effect

I love this lock and have performed it in every banquet show I’ve performed since I received it. This is a well made, heavy padlock that looks and feels great. The keys come with color collars for whatever presentation you like, however the colors can come off if you want to. With this lock the performer must open the lock, instead of the spectator. However the lock opens with a loud click and it’s large enough that everyone in an average sized audience can hear and see the lock opening.

Strongly recommended

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Review by Amazing Corbin for Key-R-Rect (Keyrect) by Stewart James, Merriss Magic

Review by Amazing Corbin for Key-R-Rect (Keyrect) by Stewart James, Merriss Magic
Review by Amazing Corbin for Key-R-Rect (Keyrect) by Stewart James, Merriss Magic
5 out of 5

Wonderful well made mental magic

I own a small collection of trick locks, they are some of my favorite effects. The Keyrrect is one of my favorites (along with the Hemmingway lock) This effect involves a padlock and 7 keys. You have a spectator try six keys in the lock and none work, then you give him the seventh and it opens the padlock. Have him close the lock, mix the keys and in any way you like to reveal it you pick the key that opens the lock.

With Keyrrect after you identify the proper key (you don’t have to touch it or look at it) you may have the spectator open the padlock themselves.

For the sake of comparison with the Hemmingway lock, the performer is the only one who can use the key to open the lock.

The key to this effect is ensuring that the audience realizes all the keys were checked and only one opens the lock. It’s nice that the performer NEVER has to touch the keys at all. I’ve had alot of fun with this and usually have the spectator who checks the keys insert his wallet in a steel lock box then padlock it shut. When a key is eliminated it gets dropped in a slot in the box. It’s a great way to build suspense and get rid of the keys before the end.

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Review by Amazing Corbin for Practical Thinking by Paul Richards

Review by Amazing Corbin for Practical Thinking by Paul Richards
Review by Amazing Corbin for Practical Thinking by Paul Richards
3 out of 5

Okay, but cards awkward to handle

I’ve owned this for about 5 years now and have performed it a dozen times. The method is great, and it’s an okay bit of mentalism. It can involve up to 4 or 5 spectators.

I found it a bit time consuming, which is neither a pro or con. It was a good "middle trick" to waste time in the middle of the show. you have to go out to the audience member and get them to pick a card, then go over to another, then another, then another. then return to the stage area and write your predictions down.

The cards are just paper cardstock put into clear plastic card protectors. This makes the stack of cards awkward to handle and shuffle. you could take them out of the card protectors, but then your just mixing large pieces of paper, which is more difficult to mix. The "whiteboard" is just a laminated piece of cardstock paper as well, but it works. I clipped mine onto a firm board so I could write the predictions down standing up.

Besides clipping the whiteboard to a firmer board another improvement would be having the images on bicycle cards. I supposed it would be easy enough to buy a blank deck and copy the images to the cards yourself.

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